Scottish housebuilder reports rising interest in green homes

Housing developer Dundas has seen a 30% increase of enquiries from buyers requesting more information on energy efficiency over the last two months.

Since former Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s ‘mini budget’, and the onset the cost-of-living crisis, Dundas sad it has received a spate of enquiries about the Energy Performance Certificate [EPC] rating of its homes and the prospect of buyers attaining green mortgages, which are usually synonymous with newer build homes.

Green mortgages are used on properties with an EPC rating of A to C by lenders, and are currently slightly lower than standard mortgage rates, though it’s thought the gap could widen in future.

Craig Fairfoull

Craig Fairfoull, head of sales and marketing at Dundas, said: “It is natural that as winter draws in, we begin to receive more and more enquiries about our homes’ energy efficiency.

“However, in light of the cost-of-living crisis, we are finding buyers are becoming more engaged, and more savvy about the types mortgages they can get on their homes.

“As a new build developer, energy efficiency is an essential artefact for our houses and it has become more pertinent than ever before.”

Fairfoull added: “Buyers have a choice; they may decide to purchase an older property, which will spur a large heating bill on top of any unexpected repair bills, and an interest rate hike incurring on their mortgage. Or they can buy new and have a two-year warranty, up-to-date fittings and furnishings and a home that has a higher likelihood of being energy efficient.

“A recent study found that new-builds are in fact cheaper to run, with more than 80 per cent of new-builds having EPC rating of B and above, in contrast to just three per cent for older homes1.

“It’s a consideration that is well worth pondering over. At Dundas, we are seeing an increase in buyers looking at new-builds because of their energy efficiency capabilities, with many stating that the current economic climate being the main reason for the switch.”

Leave a Reply